My menu plan is now sponsored by the great people over at Better Batter Flour.  The menus will also be published at Start Gluten Free, an online resource made to welcome people into the gluten free living community and help them not feel overwhelmed by new dietary restrictions.  I am thrilled to be a small part of this vibrant community!  Stop by and say “Hi!”

Yesterday my littlest girl turned ten years-old.  Yep, my BABY.  She is such a sweetie pumpkin.  We’ll be doing a party with her friends in a couple of weeks but celebrated with our family yesterday with pizza, spinach salad, strawberries and Hot Chocolate Cupcakes.

Heather of Celiac Family is hosting the Gluten Free Menu Swap this week.  She picked bacon as the theme.  BACON!  Oh, Heather, you had me at bacon…  Mmmm…  Besides the obviously delicious tastiness of bacon straight up with eggs or pancakes (make mine crisp – I don’t like a lot of play in my bacon), I cook up some other recipes using bacon, such as Maple Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies, Chicken Apple Bacon Sliders, Broccoli SaladCrustless Breakfast QuicheDeviled Egg SaladCalico BeansUpdated Warm German Potato SaladBacon Spinach Quiche Pie, and Stuffed Pork Roast with Bacon, Caramelized Onion and Spinach.  How do you like your bacon?

Freezer cooking plan for the week:  Seasoned Green Beans and Banana Pancakes are making their way to my freezer this week.  I’ll be freezing half of the pancakes for another week for breakfast.  Green beans are really inexpensive in my area right now, so I’ll be making three packages for the freezer.  It’s great to get some simple sides frozen to round out your main meals when you get a chance.


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The week’s breakfast options:  Eggwiches with chopped veggies on gluten free English MuffinsCoffeecake in a mug with poached eggs and various fruits.

The week’s lunch options:  Turkey & broccoli sprouts on GF Bavarian Pretzel Sandwich Rolls (YUM!), Samosas, and various fruits and veggie sticks.

Printable grocery list for this week’s dinner menu.



Monday:  Sticky Chicky LegsSeasoned Green Beans and Quinoa Confetti Salad

For the freezer:   Make 4 batches of  Seasoned Green Beans Serve one at dinner and package the rest in three freezer bags, removing as much air as possible, label and freeze.  Beans are on big time sale in my area this week!


Tuesday:  White Bean Chicken Chili in slow cooker with Olive Garden Inspired Gluten Free Bread Sticks


Wednesday:  Banana Pancakes with Turkey Sausage and strawberries

For the freezer:   Make a double batch of  Banana Pancakes Allow the second batch to cool while you eat dinner, then put into a gallon sized freezer bag separated by wax paper.  Remove as much air as possible, label and freeze.


Thursday:  Chicken Apple Bacon Sliders (from the freezer) on Gluten & Dairy Free Hamburger Buns with Broccoli Salad


Friday:  Margherita Pizza and a salad made from chopped romaine, cherry tomatoes and Thousand Island Dressing.

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Need more menu planning inspiration?  Head over  for Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie.  For an awesome month long gluten free money saving menu, see Melissa’s December GF menu plan at Stockpiling Moms.